A personal quest to promote the use of wind energy and hydrogen technology in the Great Lakes area of the United States. The Great Lakes area is in a unique position to become an energy exporting region through these and other renewable energy technologies. *Update 2014: Just do it everywhere - Dan*
Google's DeepMind subsidiary has developed artificial intelligence software that can predict when turbines will generate electricity, reducing some intermittency concerns and increasing the value of the output of Google's wind farms by 20%. "We can't eliminate the variability of the wind, but our early results suggest that we can use machine learning to make wind power sufficiently more predictable and valuable," wrote DeepMind's Sims Witherspoon and Will Fadrhonc of Google's Carbon Free Energy program in a blog post.
Wind farms with a combined capacity of 51.3 gigawatts came online in 2018, bringing the world's total installed wind capacity to 591 GW, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. China added more land-based and offshore wind capacity than any other nation.
Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Rocky Mountain Institute and partners have rolled out the American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator, a program that aims to add 2.8 gigawatts of new installed renewable energy capacity in US cities by 2021. The accelerator will use education, case studies and peer exchange tools inspired by RMI's Business Renewables Center to drive local action on renewables.
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Invenergy Services will work with Gearbox Express to expand its service area for gearbox repairs and potentially lower costs for consumers, says Invenergy Services Director of Business Development Brad Purtell.
General Motors' decision to purchase Michigan wind energy via DTE Energy's MIGreenPower program raises awareness about the cost-competitive nature of renewables and how utilities and the automotive industry are changing in tandem, says Rob Threlkeld, global manager of sustainable energy and supply reliability for GM. "Renewable energy is also part of the larger story of GM in regards to our goal of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion," he says.
Encouraging more offshore wind leases off the coast of California and elsewhere in the US and advocating for better grid connections are among the Business Network for Offshore Wind's focuses for 2019, said Executive Vice President Ross Tyler at the 2019 Offshore Wind Journal Conference. Orsted and Dominion Energy's 12-megawatt offshore wind pilot in Virginia is also exciting because it's the first project slated for federal waters, he said.
More than 100 representatives from wind farms in Oklahoma gathered in Oklahoma City to celebrate Wind Day and to update state legislators on the industry's benefits. Tax revenue from the industry is benefiting local schools and helping them build new facilities, says Rush Springs Wind Farm Site Manager Josh Bray.
It's time for stakeholders to discuss the goals outlined in the Green New Deal and develop policies that spur investments in renewables, the electrical grid and curb climate change, writes Liz Burdock, president and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. The offshore wind industry can help, she writes, praising New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plans for growing the sector.
These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.